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Paint it Pink-Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’re Painting it Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month today 10-2pm in Alex & Ani Jewelry Stores in Santa Anita and Irvine. Founded in 1985 in October, BCAM was brought to life as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries.

Alex and Ani are creators of meaningful jewelry. Together they share ancient wisdom and interpret it into modern design, just as we share ancient wisdom into modern day self care. Their company mission and Serve The Goddess are definitely a fabulous fit and we were proud to be a part of their #PaintItPink day.

Each person received a manicure and a pink rose.
Choose a pink polish nail color or a decal like the person below.

 

Alex and Ani wrote, “Our customers really enjoyed having the manicurists in the stores and it drove a lot of traffic! Thank you so much for your help in making this event successful! We will keep your team in mind for future events.”

The pleasure was ours.

We love celebrating women and being a part of their self-care and “feel-good doings and happenings”. What better way to honor one of the most nurturing parts of our bodies by bringing awareness to proper care and attention to our breasts. We thoroughly enjoyed #PaintItPink Day at Alex & Ani and look forward to many more days of celebrating women in all the ways that serve us best.

#AlexAndAniGoesPink and Serve The Goddess went pink with them.

 

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International Housekeepers Week

September 9th-15th is International Housekeepers Week and the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is our office this week! We will provide much-needed massage and manicures for all the hard-working housekeeping staff.

International Housekeepers Week (IHW) is a week-long celebration recognizing housekeepers and other front line cleaning personnel who help keep our indoor environments clean and safe! They are the machinery to a smooth sailing ship, so to speak – many times, the unnoticed and forgotten.

That wasn’t the case today though. There were lots of massages for the hard working housekeeping staff today in Hollywood at the Roosevelt Hotel and it was so rewarding for us to provide these services. Oftentimes, people in the service industry are the ones who are most likely to forget to take care of themselves. Giving their bodies and hard working hands massages and manicures was so rewarding for us.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel loves their housekeepers and we loved taking care of them.

Part two of Housekeeping Week treating staff to manicures.

They were happy and we were happy. Happy Housekeeping Week! You guys rock!

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3 Tips to Extending Vacation Relaxation

National Relaxation Day is Wednesday August 15th so what better incentive to schedule some self-care and self-love into your day. If you’re looking for some calm in your life like Sean Moeller a fourth-grader who initiated National Relaxation Day in 1985, simply relax and read on.

Usually, we find our refuge in a vacation and we plan it and look forward to it all year long. But as soon as we’re back in the daily grind again, all that relaxation falls away. Why wait all year when our refuge can be had more easily than we think. Most of us take a vacation to really get some down time but sometimes
all we need is a momentary hour or two.

Whatever peace, calm and tranquility you find usually hits a reset button and you feel ready to go again.

If we learned to practice hitting that reset button on a daily or weekly basis, it surely would make things flow a lot smoother. We can find our way in those moments through meditation, reading, walking on the beach, painting or just some alone time.

One of the sweetest ways to relax though is pampering from trained massage and spa technicians who understand your needs. Taking care of yourself = keeping your cup full. If you don’t do things to keep your cup full, you have nothing left to give or share with others.

So, what can you do for yourself that’s like an instant vacation without ever having to pack a single thing? How about a Spa Day!

Here are three simple ways to extend your vacation feeling or create a mini one in the comfort of your home. Yes, our services are mobile – we drive to you.

Manicure, Pedicure & Facial for One!
Our facial treatment leaves your face glowing, hydrated, renewed and you will feel truly relaxed. Getting your nails done is always a “relaxing pick me upper”
and you will be walking on clouds after your pedicure.

Most of us assume we’ll need to figure out what day and time of the week is best and we have to consider the flow of traffic to the spa. Can you envision that
instead of having to drive to the spa, you just went to sleep or watch your favorite show after?

Now that’s the kind of reset that would work for just about anyone.

Fingers, Toes & Girl Time
This is a perfect time to catch up. Life often gets in the way of being able to hang out with people we love. It can also lead to noisy places and having to shout to share your latest “what’s going on with me” stories. Picture a blissful mid-week afternoon where everyone meets at your house to get pampered while you catch up. Bliss!

Massages for Everyone
How about a massage spa party? If you can gather eight friends who could all use a relaxation break, this is for you!

We’ve have so many clients rent a vacation home to do their own private getaway for the weekend. We bring massage tables, signature aromatherapy oils and white fluffy robes. A massage does wonders to lift the spirits leaving you with a sense of peace and calm. Ask us about our discounted rates for groups.

Always remember that you are the most important person to take care of first. The more relaxed you feel, the better you can truly be a blessing to your family, friends, co-workers or clients.

Happy National Relaxation Day and let us know what plans you have to relax today.

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3 Natural Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

You’d think we’d all be used to the summer days by now, especially  living in Southern California where the temperature can get up to 100 degrees and more. We look forward to the cool when the heat is on and we look forward to the heat when it gets too cold. And, in the middle of nature’s way to balance life, we find our way to survive the season we are in.

While wearing cooler clothes, turning on the AC or not leaving the house until the temperature drops in the evening is a given, sometimes we forget there are other ways to keep ourselves cool during the summer heat.

Here are 3 Natural Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

Drink
Hydrate and hydrate some more and include some coconut water if you can. There are other natural spa water recipes that can do wonders for your body temperature and ultimately your skin.

Here’s an easy  Spa Water Recipe

Cantaloupe + Cucumber
Fill pitcher with fresh fruit
Add cold water
Let it chill and infuse for at least two hours in refrigerator

Enjoy ice cold and add some mint leaves for an extra punch.

Eat
One of the best naturally cooling fruits is watermelon.

Not only does watermelon lower inflammation and provide other benefits like it may relieve muscle soreness, may improve heart health but watermelon absolutely hydrates the body.

Watermelon has an extremely high alkaline score. Alkalinity is associated with higher energy, better digestion, increased mental function and a decreased risk of almost every disease.

If you want to get your whole family in on the benefit of watermelons, the easiest ways is to dice up cubes of this alkaline fruit and put them into small containers stored in the refrigerator.

Once it’s easy to grab and ready to eat, they and you will indulge in some much-needed nutritional hydration.

Hydrate Your Skin
When you’ve had a really good facial, it leaves you feeling like your entire body was soaked with coconut water.  Adding rose water spray to your daily self-care routine will hydrate your skin and a spritz or two will become a handy pick-me-up in the heat.

Here’s an easy Rose Water Spray Recipe
Ingredients:
Organic roses (as many as you’d like)
Distilled water (enough to cover rose petals)

Instructions:
Remove petals from stems and run under lukewarm water to remove any residue
Add petals to large pot with just enough water to cover the petals
Bring water to a simmer over medium-low heat
Let it simmer for about 25 mins or until the petals lose their color
Strain the mixture and separate the water from the petals
Place the water in a spray bottle to store (I keep mine in the refrigerator) and discard the petals.

Once you get into the groove of  spritzing rose water on your skin, you will start the enjoy all the benefits.

If you have any amazing tips to share on how you’re staying cool this summer, please share.

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Skin Care Routine For Summer

The long, hot, lazy summer days are here.  You spend the weekends at the beach, catch up with friends and dive into some summer reading. That’s right; we’re in prime summertime and the living-is-easy but unfortunately, not for your skin. Your skin needs diligent protection especially when you’re spending more time outdoors.

Here is a skin care routine to help protect your skin from the harsh effects of sun.

1. Use a very good sunscreen.
UVA rays damage skin and can contribute to skin cancer. You should choose a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (from UVA & UVB).  The more time you spend outside (or near a window, if you work indoors), the more essential it is. Look for a sunscreen with at least a SPF coverage 20 UVA/UVB containing zinc oxide, and apply regularly. Zinc oxide is a natural mineral which provides the safest and most effective protection against UV rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc forms a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. Zinc Oxide is the best performing ingredient for blocking both UVA and UVB rays.

2. Treat your skin with an antioxidant booster.
Eating antioxidants like blueberries, strawberries, plums, prunes, spinach and kale is one way to get glowing, even-toned skin, but applying them directly to your face may have long-term effects too. Look for a key ingredient, quercetin when choosing an antioxidant. Quercetin is found in apple skin and has been shown to be more powerful than vitamin C in evening out the skin’s tone.

3. Give your face a daily massage.
Face massage is my favorite part of a facial – sure it’s yours too! It isn’t just a feel-good indulgence—with consistency, it can actually change the quality, clarity, and resilience of your skin. To start, select your favorite face oil.

Apply the oil to damp skin by rubbing a few drops between your palms and patting it in.
Next use your middle and index fingers to make tiny circles around your temples.
From here, adding a little space between them, swipe from the neck up to the chin as shown in the photo below.
Next follow the directions of the other strokes going back and forth a minimum of three times for each stroke.
Finish by taking your thumbs to the middle of your forehead (third eye area) and swipe upward, alternating thumbs, in short, calming strokes. Notice how glowing your skin looks afterwards!

4. Strengthen your skin.

If you’re out in the sun for any length of time, even with sunscreen, it’s a good idea to avoid products and treatments that temporarily weaken the skin’s barrier. Common agents that make skin more photosensitive include retinol products, any products containing citrus essential oils – orange, lemon for example, strong exfoliating acids, and laser treatments.

You also will want to talk to your doctor, as some medications make the skin more photosensitive.

With these steps combined with a healthy lifestyle and by wearing a wide brimmed sun hat, your summer skin will be radiant!

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How To Get Your Nails Ready For Summer

Summer is the ideal season to embrace bold hues, match your nails with your new outfit and experiment with new pastels as your skin gets that sun kissed glow.

If you’re in the mood to entirely step out of your shade comfort zone, lift your vibe, or want to upgrade your signature neutral manicure, there’s no shortage of nail polishes to try this summer.

Here are our nine favorite nail polish colors for summer 2018, so choose one that suits you. Thank you to our clients who didn’t mind lending a hand and foot for this post!

Pastel Yellow
A pale yellow is great for those who don’t want a bright nail color, but still want to get in on those colorful
summer vibes. It’s a perfect shade to switch to other than your usual pinks and reds.

Teal
Summer is all about those beach trips where you can soak up the sun and sea, so why not try a blue shade that matches the gorgeous Pacific Ocean like Cote Nail Polish in “No. 67” or Sally Hansen’s “Blue My Mind”?

Purple
During the sunny summer months, a nail polish that catches the light like this light purple shade will give your nails a subtle, pretty sparkle.

Multicolored
This multicolored nail look is perfect for summer and probably the easiest to accomplish if you’re painting your own nails. Simply pick a different color for each of your nails or two of them like the photo below. Then, repeat on the other hand.

White
My favorite. Make a bold statement with bright, clean white nails.

 

Summer is definitely the season to wear white, but not after Labor Day, and the color also makes a perfect base for graphic nail art like this pineapple art.

Dusty Rose
If you want to wear a pink other than one that’s millennial, this dusty rose color will go with all those floral dresses of yours while still feeling like a fresh shade.  Here’s another yellow again.


Bright Orange
If you’re all about bold nail colors, this electric orange that’s almost as bright as the summer sun will definitely make your nails pop. O.P. I says “this orange is the new pink” so you may want to try their  “Summer Lovin Havin a Blast.”

Beige and Nudes
Beige and nude colors are always popular especially when they sparkle as they catch the sun. This O.P.I “Love is in the Bare” is super feminine and flattering on every skin tone.

What is your favorite?

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A Midlife Awakening 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Joy

My midlife came early – too early. When I missed three consecutive cycles at 41, I was convinced I was pregnant. It didn’t even occur to me that I might be in menopause but when the pregnancy test came back negative, I started to draw my own conclusions. For a few days I was paralyzed with fear, but with my study of archetypes and the goddesses, I knew I had to draw on their ancient wisdom to help me work through this.

My awakening came when I asked the goddesses for guidance. I knew I had to turn this situation around and through my morning meditations, Aphrodite come through loud and clear.

Aphrodite represents deep self-love and she became my patron goddess. For those of you who think the goddesses are “fluffy”, or too “out there”, here’s a quote from Marianne Williamson.

“The Goddess doesn’t enter us from outside; she emerges from deep within. She is not held back by what happened in the past. She is conceived in consciousness, born in love, and nurtured by higher thinking. She is integrity and value, created and sustained by hard work of personal growth and the discipline of a life lived actively in hope.”- Marianne Williamson.

Working with the goddesses requires a daily discipline.

Here are the steps I took to my awakening to Midlife Joy – forget Midlife Crisis and welcome to the Third Act of your life.

1. Self-Care

Self-care is something that is learned. It is purposeful and continuous. It is defined as the maintenance of your well-being, personal health and development. Now is the time to start looking at your sleep pattern to see if you’re getting enough sleep. It’s time to look at your diet, possibly kicking that sugar habit and it’s time to up the ante on your water intake.

These are my favorite reminders to stay on track.

If it feels wrong don’t do it.
Say exactly what you mean.
Don’t be a “people pleaser”.
Trust your instincts.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Don’t be afraid to say yes.
Let go of what you can’t control.
Stay away from drama and negativity.

How do you define your own self-care?
Where do you fall on the scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest?
What’s holding you back from taking the time for self-care?
What do you think your life would be like if you were to practice better self-care?

2. Self-Love

Self-love noun-regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.

“Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed. It means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart.” – Margo Anand.

I used to define self-love as being selfish, self-absorbed, and the only person one cares about is themselves. This is simply not true.  What is wrong with wanting things, being happy and taking care of our own well-being?

I used to put my clients first. I’d schedule sessions on my day off until I reached burn-out and spent days recovering in bed. I had to let go of the martyr syndrome and allow myself some self-love. I had to claim that I was worthy.

How do you define self- love?

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the world self-love?

3. See Beauty

…even when it doesn’t exist.

It’s a cliché but stop and smell the roses. Slow down. At this midlife time you’ll start to realize that life moves so fast and rushing cuts of sensuality. So savor this precious time.

Make time for relationships.
See beauty in nature.
Take a moment to notice the beauty around you.
Notice the light in a room.
Immerse yourself in morning stillness.

What moves you?

Write down some ways to incorporate what you find pleasing and beautiful into your life.

4. Sensual

Treat your body like a temple and please, stop the body shame! Embrace your feminine curves.

Decide to spend a day in bed without guilt; have breakfast in bed with your favorite books and magazines.
Listen to soothing music and dream.
Make your bathing time a ritual and take a long sensual aromatherapy bath with candles and music you love. Aphrodite would renew herself by bathing in the sacred waters on Pathos so consider this a renewal time for you.
Your bedroom is your sacred, aphrodisiacal sanctuary. Introduce more sensual elements into your décor; satiny fabrics, small pillows, candles, pictures of romantic places, perhaps even a picture of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
Design a sensual evening with your partner and cook a luscious meal with candlelight and music.
Wear your softest, most sensual clothes.

Take your time in whatever you do and remember rushing cuts off sensuality.

5. Celebration

Dance, dance, dance. Belly dancing is a wonderful way to move your hips but any kind of dancing from flamingo to tango to salsa to free form dancing can put you in touch with your body’s sensual rhythms. Start a gratitude journal and begin or end the day with five things you’re grateful for.

Celebrate your successes no matter how small. Success breeds success.

Reward yourself with celebration of any kind. Take the afternoon off work and take walk in nature and leave your phone at home.
Curl up with a good book and some hot tea.

Ask yourself what can I do to incorporate more of Aphrodite in my life?

Write down the answers that surface. Allow them to be personal and specific.

Write down your feelings about doing things that please you.

Did you usually judge yourself as unworthy of experiencing pleasure?

As you embrace this chapter, remember to be present in all stages of your life.

Midlife Joy is all about perspective, acceptance and surrender. Each new phase can take us to a deeper state of knowing if we only just remain open to all that life has to teach us.

If you have negative thoughts and beliefs about pleasure, replace them with positive affirmations like this one below:

“I give myself permission to feel beautiful, lovable, sensual and to do the things that please and delight me. I take my time in everything I do and celebrate life.”

Consider writing the affirmation on a card and place it where you’ll see if every day as a kind reminder. Finally get support from a women’s circle. In times of crisis women naturally “tend and befriend” so you can benefit from a sacred circle and make some new friends.

Whatever serves you best, I encourage you to let your Midlife Joy find you fully alive feeling full of purpose. The future is feminine and we have to be ready!

 

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Best Gift For Your Pregnant Wife On Her Birthday

Yesterday we received a call from a customer looking for a birthday gift for his pregnant wife. He wanted to know more about our “Mother Goddess – Massage for the Goddess on the path to Motherhood” a series of six pregnancy massages.

prenatal2Our “Mother Goddess” utilizes specialized safe massages techniques for the growing aches and pains associated with this magnificent process. We ensure your ultimate safety and comfort by using pillows to support you and massage therapists trained in pregnancy/prenatal massage.  This is an ideal gift she can enjoy in the weeks and months ahead. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

What goes on with the body during pregnancy?

There are amazing changes that go on in your body during pregnancy like creating a new life!
As your uterus expands, you may feel aches and pains in the back, abdomen, groin area, and thighs.

Many women also have backaches and aching near the pelvic bone due the pressure of the baby’s head, increased weight, and
loosening joints. Some pregnant women complain of pain that runs from the lower back, down the back of one leg, to the knee or foot.

This is called sciatica. It is thought to occur when the uterus puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Are pregnancy massages helpful?

Some scientific studies have shown that massage therapy can do lots of things that pregnant women want and need.
It can help with:
Sleep and improve mood
Reduce edema (joint swelling) by increasing circulation and moving fluid in the body
Relieve nerve pain, including sciatic nerve pain, by relaxing the muscles that can clench and tighten around nerves and compress them.

Pregnant women who are interested in massage therapy should adopt a safety-first approach and see only therapists who has been trained and certified in prenatal massage techniques.

Typically it’s best to avoid the first trimester advises Mary Rosser, M.D., Ph.D., an ob-gyn at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

“The first trimester is the critical time when everything is starting to form,” she says. “Many people aren’t comfortable in the first trimester anyway; they’re just not feeling well.”

Always check with your doctor first to see if massage is right for your body. If it is, you can relax and enjoy a prenatal massage with a certified therapist and take advantage of our memberships and series.

Membership versus Series

Both memberships and series offer three, six or 12 massages purchased in bulk so you can enjoy a generous saving.
There is a difference between them however which is explained below.

Each membership allows your massage time to be pre-scheduled so you can relax, knowing you have a wonderful renewal time planned. Reap the benefits of a monthly massage service with no more scheduling or missing appointments. Sessions do not carry over.

Our series never expire and you can use them when you want.

Gift yourself or someone you love Relax and rejuvenate. The time is now.

Your lower back hips and feet may thank you!

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Surprise Massage Gift Makes All the Difference to Husband

If you ever find yourself in the midst of a long, exhausting work week, eagerly waiting for the weekend to arrive, you’ll relate to our blog post today. Recently one of our customers was treated to an hour-long massage delivered to the comfort of his home – a surprise gift from his thoughtful wife.

He had no idea his wife was secretly booking a relaxing one hour in-home massage with us while he was busy at work.

When we asked if it was her husband’s birthday or their wedding anniversary, she replied, “No it’s a Just Because I Love You celebration and he’s been working so hard”.  We admired her motivation and went on to chat about the details.

Where to Set-Up?

We discussed where to set up the massage table, how to decorate their space with candles and whether to add scents. Oftentimes scents can compete with each other so we recommended some odorless flameless candles as we’d be adding aromatherapy to the massage oil.

Your massage table is ready and waiting.

Your massage table is ready and waiting.

When we arrived she had the ideal romantic location in mind and we set up our massage table on their large, roomy balcony. The balcony looked so inviting adorned with soft, glowing candles and a spray of red rose petals.

How Can a Massage Help?

A massage can reduce stress and help the body relax. Got a headache? Forty-five million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage helps ease the pressure and pain, which can also reduce the frequency of headaches. Want to fight colds? A massage can strengthen your immune system.

Imagine coming home exhausted from a long work week to a relaxing massage? The benefits of massage are endless and will leave you feeling rejuvenated ready to fully enjoy the weekend. Needless to say this caring gift was well received!

We love bringing the gift of serenity to our customers throughout Southern CA.

If you or your loved one needs some TLC, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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Staff Appreciation Chair Massage + Mini Manicures – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Our spa team ready to relax you.

The time to celebrate your staff is now. It doesn’t have to wait and “special moments” are not required even though special moments surely warrant celebration and appreciation.

The trick sometimes is to find the ideal way to show appreciation for your hard working staff – oftentimes we think of an item or chocolates or a coffee cup wrapped in special paper with many other treats to follow.

We had the honor of bringing a token of appreciation to a team of housekeeping staff in Pasadena. It brought much needed relaxation and rejuvenation to them and a whole heap of reward for us. Our massage therapists and nail technicians love what they do! Knowing that with just a few minutes of massage and nail care, someone’s whole energy can change and those around them too.

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Our manicure station.

15 minute neck and shoulder massages will do a world of wonder for your team as individuals or as a group. Add a mini manicure to the mix and it’s a match made in heaven. Massage and spa services have a high perceived value because they are considered a luxury and quite possibly your staff doesn’t have the means or the time to get these kinds of things done for themselves. But you can do it for them!

Boost Your Staff’s Morale. By choosing a day and a time slot of a few hours of pampering, you are showing your team how much they mean to your company and how much you value them. Knowing how much you care will carry them through more moments than a simple gift would do otherwise.

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Neck and shoulder massage

 

 

 

Consider a Day of Pampering an investment in the livelihood of the people who make the wheels in your organization go round.

Serve The Goddess can help.

 

 

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